Glasgow smile

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Actor Tommy Flanagan was given a Glasgow smile when he was attacked outside a bar in Scotland.[1]

A Glasgow smile (also known as a Chelsea smile, or a Glasgow, Chelsea or Cheshire grin) is a wound caused by making a cut from the corners of a victim's mouth up to the ears, leaving a scar in the shape of a smile.[2][3][4]

The act is usually performed with a utility knife or a piece of broken glass,[5] leaving a scar which causes the victim to appear to be smiling broadly.

The practice is said to have originated in Glasgow, Scotland in the 1920s and '30s,[6] but became popular with English street gangs (especially among the Chelsea Headhunters,[7] a London-based hooligan firm, among whom it is known as a "Chelsea grin" or "Chelsea smile").

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  1. ^ Fretts, Bruce (November 2014). "Sons of Anarchy's Tommy Flanagan on Those Facial Scars, This Final Season, and Chibs". Vulture. New York. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Surgeon Says Hospitals Treat a Knife Victim Every Six Hours". The Daily Express. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  3. ^ Harvey, Oliver (2009-10-16). "If the Booze Doesn't Get You, The Blade Will". The Sun. London. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  4. ^ Arlidge, John (1995-04-24). "City Slicker Glasgow". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  5. ^ Peter Ward Booth; Barry L. Eppley; Rainer Schmelzeisen (2003), Maxillofacial trauma and esthetic facial reconstruction, p. 555
  6. ^ McKay, Reg (19 October 2007). "Razor gangs ruled the streets but even in the violence of pre-war years, one man stood out". Daily Record. UK. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  7. ^ MIKE SULLIVAN, Crime Editor, and ALEX PEAKE (2011-03-26). "The end of a reign of terror | The Sun |Features". The Sun. Retrieved 2013-09-03.